And folks this is why it’s important to vote.
The world is still stunned by the dramatic results of the US Presidential election which saw Donald J Trump become President-elect of the USA. However, despite his win, only 25.5 percent of the votes cast were actually for Donald. Hillary actually managed to scrape an extra 0.1% of the vote. Which is just under 200,000 votes.
In the US voting system, candidates compete to obtain the most electoral votes rather than the popular vote. Each state has a number of electoral votes depending on its size. Some states like California have 55, while others like Alaska, despite its massive size, have just three. It depends on the state’s population.
Whoever gets the most votes in a state wins all the state’s electoral votes. We have something similar in the UK – and it’s called “First Past The Post”. A candidate must reach 270 electoral votes to win.
Just over half of all eligible voters took to the polls in the US elections.
According to the United States Election Project, 46.9 percent of around 231,556,622 eligible Americans (that’s 108,600,055 people) did not make it to the voting booth. The turnout was much lower than the two previous elections of 2008 and 2012.
And if you’re wondering how many votes were cast for each candidate:
25.6% voted for Clinton
25.5% voted for Trump
1.7% voted for Johnson
So people, remember when there’s an election get out and vote.